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2016 Open: Please Read for Important Info!

The Open is almost upon us!  If you are asking, what the heck is “The Open” (http://games.crossfit.com/about-the-games/the-open)?  Well, the CrossFit Games Open is a five-week five-workout online competition, held all around the world in CrossFit affiliates and garage gyms.  It is designed to be accessible to ALL athletes, while rigorous enough to challenge the world’s fittest!  Starting February 25, 2016, workouts are released every Thursday night 8 p.m. E.S.T. and all athletes have until the following Monday to submit their scores.  When you sign up, do the workouts, and enter your scores, you will be ranked in relation to your peers in your age division, competition region, state and country.  This is a super exciting time at the gym where the energy is high and you will see people get their first pull-up, double under, or a new strength PR while everyone cheers them on!

To ensure that you perform your best in the 2016 CrossFit Games Open, we will be offering several clinics in preparation for the movements we are sure to see in the WODs.  Check out the content below for key dates, information, and steps to success.

Pre-Open Prep: (Feb 9th- Feb 25th)

There are several things you can do before the Open starts to get yourself prepared!

1) Sign up! Go to http://games.crossfit.com/ register, and join the affiliate Crossfit Terminus-it is $20, but well worth it!

2) Put the movement you would be most excited to see show up in the workouts, as well as the movement that you most would not want to see on the white board

3) Attend the intermediate or advanced (RX) Open Prep Clinic put on by Casey and Dayne.
-this prep course will focus on gymnastics elements found in the open such as pull-ups, chest to bar, toes to bar, muscle ups, handstand pushups, single unders, and double unders and will also touch on workout strategy and barbell cycling

4) Mark your calendars for these prep courses!
-February 20th (Intermediate) at 3:30 PM. Intermediate is a great option if this is your first time doing the Open, or if you are still working on getting pull-ups and toes-to-bar.
-February 21st (Advanced) at 1:00 PM. If you have done the Open before and want to improve your score or make that jump from Scaled to RX on the workouts and are missing just a couple of skills, this is a great option for you.

If you are not sure which session is for you, just ask Dayne or Casey.

5) Get assigned to a team. We will be breaking up all participating athletes into 3 teams (Team names TBD). All you have to do to get on a team is sign up on the games site! We will break up the participating athletes ourselves.

-each team will gain points for

  • athletes attending the workout/Friday Night Light
  • posting a valid score on the Games site
  • overall team spirit!!!

Throughout the Open (Feb 25th-Mar 28th), we will be having a Friday Night Lights style event for each Open announcement and here is what you can expect:

1) Thursday night, Casey will attempt the Open workout as soon as it is announced. He and Marshall will both create a video covering mobility tips, workout strategy, and general approach. These videos will be posted on IG, Facebook, and Youtube. Share with friends who are also competing in the open.

2) 6, 7, 8:30 a.m. and Noon classes will all go on as normal each Friday, with those classes completing the Open workout.

3) Each Friday night, the gym will open at 4:30 p.m. and we will run heats with gameday atmosphere, judges, announcements, team prizes, and general spirit. It is suggested that you show up to the gym at 5:30 to get the whole experience. This is a great time to invite friends, families and coworkers to see this “Crossfit Thing” and be a part of our awesome community for the night!

4) Those who have already done the workout in the morning are encouraged to come back and cheer on their teammates.

5) The final Open workout (16.5) will be done on March 26th (Saturday) and will include an after-party, crowning the winning team.

6) One re-test will be allowed during the Open and these will occur on Sunday at a pre-determined time.  These opportunities will include a $10 Open Gym charge to staff the time. No re-attempts will be allowed on Mondays.

7) If you have a friend who wants to do the Open workouts with you at Friday Night Lights, they are welcome! Drop-ins are welcome to do the workout during the festivities. Please let them know we cannot accommodate Open attempts outside of Friday Night Lights.

This will be an exciting 2 months for Terminus! Looking forward to seeing everyone in action.

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Many people have asked about the meaning of our logo. Here’s the story…

Ben and I sat down in 2013 when Terminus was merely a vision. We were given specific parameters from our business partner on what not to use: No skulls, no swords, no dogs, no kettlebells, no wings- something original!

While we were already affiliated under CrossFit Terminus, we needed an epic logo that represented the name. Ben and I were eating at Taqueria del Sol one afternoon, when we were looking at the dollar bill and noticed the Eye of Providence with beaming rays of light around the eye. Immediately, we knew we had direction.

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How to Talk to Your Coach
Today we tackle an odd topic, how to have a conversation with your coach.

 

For many of you, this might seem silly as your coaches are your close friends, part of your social circle, or maybe even family. But for others, this can be an awkward and even intimidating thing to do.

 

First off, one thing to remember is that in general, and especially here at Crossfit Terminus, Crossfit coaches love what they do. The reason we spend early mornings and late nights among the sweat, loud noises, and hot/cold temperatures is because we truly love helping you achieve your goals, seeing you hit PR’s, and gain self-confidence in all areas of your life. We are passionate individuals, and often that passion can manifest itself in some intense conversations, or some reactions that may be seen as extreme. With that in mind, here is a guide to approaching some common conversations.

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First Day of Crossfit

Today on our blog post we are going to take a trip down memory lane to the first day you walked into a Crossfit gym. For many of you, that first day was at Crossfit Terminus, for others it was one of the thousands of boxes around the world.

Do you remember the sights? The smells? The feeling in the air? The sounds? If you were like anyone else this environment was probably downright frightening. If you were lucky you came in during an off period of classes, but for some the loud thunder of dropped weights greeted you at the door, the loud music attacking your ears. You looked around and watched several individuals moving in quick and powerful ways. The smell of chalk, raw steel, and sweat permeated the air. It was probably a lot to take in.

Due to the overload of your senses, you probably withdrew a bit, testing the waters and becoming very conscious of the fact that you didn’t know anyone in a place where others acted like family. Even the most outgoing individual would quiver a bit in this environment.

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